Counselling is a type of therapy which encourages you to talk about your problems and feelings in confidence.
Counselling can be helpful in lots of scenarios, including when you have:
- relationship difficulties, particularly couples
- work-related problems, including stress and redundancy
- personal issues, e.g. sexuality, career concerns
- suffered a bereavement
- general feelings of sadness and negativity
- a lack of confidence, self-worth and/or direction
- become emotionally ‘stuck’ in relation to a situation or relationship.
A trained counsellor will listen to you and help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have by encouraging you to talk about what is bothering you and bring your feelings to the surface.
Counselling does not necessarily have to happen face-to-face – some counsellors now provide sessions over the phone, by email or through a website.
Though one session can sometimes be helpful, counselling tends to be most beneficial when it spans several sessions, over a period of weeks or months.
NHS Direct Cymru has more information about counselling on its website.
Telephone and online support
Counselling does not always have to happen face-to-face; some counsellors now provide sessions over the phone, by email, or via live chatting.
Finding a counsellor
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is one of the UK’s largest organisations for counselling and psychotherapy. They provide a service called ‘it’s good to talk’ which is a website which allows you to search for qualified counsellors and therapists online by location and/or speciality. The website also has a useful list of frequently asked questions about counselling.